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Final decommissioning rule could be ready by August; commissioners reviewing rule now
After nearly a decade, Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff on Jan. 31 turned over to the commissioners a final recommendation for a new nuclear power plant decommissioning rule, according to a recent letter. The rule could be ready before summer is over, an NRC spokesperson wrote Tuesday in an email to the Exchange Monitor. “The staff projects the end of August for potential publication of the final rule,” an NRC spokesperson wrote Tuesday evening in an email. But “any estimate of how long the Commission will deliberate on a rulemaking package is just that – an estimate. The Commissioners take the time necessary to give appropriate attention to such an important and…
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Tennessee FD and others clear highway accident involving radioactive waste
A mixture of state and local emergency responders plus “commercial inspectors” and “other authorities” on Monday evening cleared a truck fire involving radioactive waste off of a highway in Tennessee, the Nashville Fire Department said. A vehicle the fire department…
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Hanford gradually overcoming hurdles toward making glass, panel told
Department of Energy contractors at the Hanford Site in Washington state are making headway on remaining problems before crews can start turning some less-radioactive tank waste at the property into a solid glass form, the Hanford Advisory Board heard Tuesday.…
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NRC chair orders ‘fresh look’ at mandatory hearings
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will consider changing the way it runs the required public hearings triggered by construction of new nuclear facilities. In a memo dated Wednesday and shared by the NRC with media, commission Chair Christopher Hanson ordered the…
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Rockfall incidents inside Nevada’s U1a mine draw enforcement attention
Mission Support and Test Services is under investigation for two incidents in the summer of 2023 in which falling rock injured employees at the deep-underground explosive testing facility it is building in Nevada for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  The…
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